More Sharing

And wouldn’t you know it, I no sooner finish putting up the previous post than I come across three more items I want to share.

  • Our friend Larry is continuing a tradition in Rome that he started with a group in New York – a Lenten Journey. Here in Rome he is making a visit to one of the Station Churches each week of Lent linking his visit with a reading of the Beatitudes. This week a visit to Basilica di San Clemente and a Beatitude brought back memories of his Pacific Coast childhood and his mother. A lovely and loving tribute.

Shrine in the Borgo

Of course shrines are everywhere in this city – this one is built into an arch of the Passetto Borgo, a fortification that runs from the Papal Apartments to Castel Sant’Angelo.

Contented cat

A very contented cat basks in the sun at the Cat Sanctuary at Torre Argentino. It is one of several homes for the many stray cats that wander the streets of Rome.

  • LotusGreen of Japonisme has spotted a Klimt inspired trend in some of the new fashion collections unveiled in the past month. Her keen eye has caught the similarites between many of the materials and designs being used and the works of the Viennese painter. And while your there you might want to listen to the Mills Brothers sing Yellow Bird.

21 febbraio – San Pier Damiani


Given that after the crappy weekend we had a glorious sunshiny day today – though it was a chilly 7c when Stephen and I went for a Capu and cornetto at 1100 this morning – I spent less time wandering around the net than I would normal do. However I did find some new things on old favorites and a new site that I’ve added to my regular list of reads. And there are several posts out there from the first part of the month that I just haven’t got around to mentioning and should have.

Entrance to Villa Ada

  • Though most people don’t need encouragement to read Joe, My God, he had a YouTube entry up yesterday that is weird but wonderful. Wait for the comment at the end – it glorious
  • Elizabeth proves time and time again that the world is full of strange things on Ridiculon but the Nun Pod has to be one of the best.

Egyptian Ambassador's Residence

  • In case you missed it last Friday EG told us one of his great Doris stories – that woman is going to become a book.
  • Also last week RG posted a hysterical story about his mother Justine and her sister Mary. Sadly the same day he posted a loving and lovely tribute to Mary who has just passed away.

The Boating Lake

  • And earlier in the month Japonisme did a beautiful post using one of my favorite Beatles songs: The Long and Winding Road.
  • Tater, with that incredible ability he has with words, looks at another type of road and traces Steps.

Enjoying a dip

  • And while looking for a review of the Fountain Restaurant at Fortnum and Mason’s – that’s were I’m taking Deb for lunch on Thursday before the Panto – I discovered Around Britain with a Paunch. I’m still working through who’s who but I gather Jonathan is the author and Cowie is his girlfriend/SO/wife but he/they are real serious foodies. The pictures are great and the reviews, comments and observations fun. Lunch at the Fountain sounds like it should be great for a London lunch.
  • Boy About Town had some real problems with Google and after a losing battle decided to open up at a new location as Boy About Town LB.

Wild blackberry bushes

  • Much like other communities, Blog communities see movement and change. New people arrive, neighbours move away, change homes or sometimes go on vacation. Two of my favorite bloggers have decided to take a vacation from their daily postings. Big Ass Belle is my blog-mama, one of my earliest commenters and a force in Blogdom but she’s also a person who, to my mind at least, has her priorities in the right order. As does Auld Hat over at The Voluputary. Auld has been a delight day in and day with her creativity, wit and wisdom but she wants, and deserves, some time to recharge. I’m going to miss them both but look forward to their return.

Steps into a grove
Of course I’ve been visiting all my regulars and leaving rude messages just to let them know I’ve been around.

These photos were taken the first weekend we were here in Rome – back at the beginning of August. We spent Sunday at Villa Ada, the former hunting park of the Royal Family a few blocks from us. It is now one of the largest (320,000 sq metres) public parks in Rome. Its a popular venue for rock concerts, boating, horse back riding and strolling.

15 gennaio – San Mauro abate